Catasauqua Press

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Press photos by Bill Leiner Jr.Ryan Strawn, of Bethlehem, shows the root cellar at the George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets, Catasauqua, during the Twelfth Night colonial celebration, held Jan. 4 at the GTH. Northampton County Militia and George Taylor House Association organized the event, centered around the superstitious belief that having your Christmas ornaments up past the 12th day Press photos by Bill Leiner Jr.Ryan Strawn, of Bethlehem, shows the root cellar at the George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets, Catasauqua, during the Twelfth Night colonial celebration, held Jan. 4 at the GTH. Northampton County Militia and George Taylor House Association organized the event, centered around the superstitious belief that having your Christmas ornaments up past the 12th day
Rick Guth portrays George Taylor and provides tours of the George Taylor House during the Twelfth Night celebration held Jan. 4. The event was organized by Northampton County Militia and George Taylor House Association members. Rick Guth portrays George Taylor and provides tours of the George Taylor House during the Twelfth Night celebration held Jan. 4. The event was organized by Northampton County Militia and George Taylor House Association members.
Christine Roca, Dorothy Everly and Angela Steltz demonstrate some of the needlework the colonial women used to occupy their time. Christine Roca, Dorothy Everly and Angela Steltz demonstrate some of the needlework the colonial women used to occupy their time.
Sheila Martin takes some of the event attendees through the various rooms of the George Taylor House. Sheila Martin takes some of the event attendees through the various rooms of the George Taylor House.
Ryan Strawn provides a tour of the kitchen in the summer house. Strawn’s ancestor, Jost Dreisbach, was a colonel in the Continental Army. Ryan Strawn provides a tour of the kitchen in the summer house. Strawn’s ancestor, Jost Dreisbach, was a colonel in the Continental Army.

Twelfth Night event a fun time for all

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by BILL LEINER JR. Special to The Press in Local News

Members of Northampton County Militia, founded in 1775, and George Taylor House Association garbed in 18th-century period dress for a Twelfth Night colonial celebration Jan. 4 at the historic George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets, Catasauqua.

The community was invited to the event, which is based off the superstitious belief that having your Christmas ornaments up after the 12th day after Christmas was bad luck.

The sponsors of the event gave tours of the grand mansion and its summer house.

Another sponsor, Taylor House Brewing Company, 76 Lehigh St., Catasauqua, provided nonalcoholic apple cider and a brewed apple cider containing alcohol.

Homemade cookies, baked by the 18th-century women re-enactors, were given to those who attended. Various other items were for sale to support GTH.

Volunteer Ryan Strawn, of Bethlehem — whose ancestor Jost Dreisbach was a colonel in the Continental Army and is buried at the historic Zion’s Stone United Church of Christ cemetery in Kriedersville — provided tours of the summer house, including its smoke house and root cellar.

Rick Guth dressed as George Taylor and provided GTH tours. He is president of the GTH Association and a 15-year volunteer with the group.

The association’s bylaws are completed, and its effort to garner an IRS 501(c)3 status is near completion, Guth said. Within the next two weeks, a new roof will be installed.

Guth sees the association’s goals in 2020 as getting the 501(c)3 and then working to secure the necessary funds to make the GTH property a jewel in the borough.